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October 13, 2015

Mary Parke and her husband David Thompson served as missionaries to Japan for over five decades. In this installment from her diary, Mary writes about successes in the native church and about the controversial burial of two Japanese Christians.[1]

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Sabbath [Sept.] 27 [1874, Tokyo]: David’s class so large this morning that his little study would not hold them, and they assembled in Ogawa [Yoshiyasu]’s room….I did not go to the Japanese service.  It rained all afternoon....

May 15, 2015

In the early 1920s, the Japanese town of Kanazawa had been transformed. A new state house, a steel bridge, and a barracks on the former grounds of Kanazawa Castle had all recently been constructed. Mary Miles, Presbyterian missionary and music teacher at the girls' school Hokuriko Jo Gakko, wrote of the barracks "No one is allowed to enter except the soldiers and, I suppose, tradesmen." She had seen Prince Hirohito, barely twenty years old, reviewing military...

May 5, 2015

Mary Parke and her husband David Thompson served as missionaries to Japan for over five decades. In this installment from her diary, Mary writes about the initial resistance to David’s appointment as interpreter to the U.S. legation and about the acceptance of both Presbyterian and Union (interdenominational) churches. Mary also reflects on how much her life has changed since she left the United States to serve as a foreign missionary.[1]

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Aug. 3: [1874, Tokyo]. Miss Gamble[...

March 4, 2015
Mary Parke and her husband David Thompson served as missionaries to Japan for over five decades. In this installment from her diary, Mary writes about her marriage to David, the interdenominational work of missionaries in Japan, and an offer to David to serve as the official translator for the U.S. legation.[1]
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June 21 [1874, Tokyo]: A long interval has elapsed since I wrote the last date in this book – the busy days of work and preparation – days full of thought –
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January 29, 2015

Mary Parke and her husband David Thompson served as missionaries to Japan for over five decades. In this installment from her diary, Mary writes about disagreements over mission direction as well as preparations for her upcoming marriage to David.[1]

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Nov 11 [1873, Tokyo]: My [Japanese] teacher did not come today and I studied alone and did some needed thinking too….The new Episcopalian missionaries had a service in the church yesterday after their fashion. My spirit rose up against it. Will God – the high...

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